Learn the basics of what NeurOptimal® neurofeedback training is and how it works. This non-invasive dynamical neurofeedback works by training the brain to use present moment information to decide what to do next, rather than old, often out-of-date information. This advanced brain training technology--developed in part by, NASA-level engineers -- works by triggering what’s called the orienting response, which is the brain’s ability to sense change in the environment and take in new information about what is different.
What Happens in a NeurOptimal Session?
During a neurofeedback session, EEG sensors are placed on the head and ears to collect the information about the brain’s activity, which gets fed into the technician’s computer. During a NeurOptimal neurofeedback session you sit and listen to music. When your brain is about to do something new, i.e. change states, it does a certain kind of “electrical dance”, which the software identifies. When that “dance” is detected the computer program stops the music in milliseconds. Interrupting the music trigger the orienting response and the brain “comes into the present” and sees what it was about to do and also takes in information about the external environment. And all of this brain activity happens milliseconds and outside of your conscious awareness!
How does triggering Your brain’s orienting response Help Me to Become More Flexible and Resilient?
When the brain orients it sees what it was about to do habitually and whether it is an efficient and effective response to the here-and-now. Some of our habits are efficient and effective – the brain won’t shift that functioning – but some of our habits, such as those that are emotions of anger, outbursts or nervousness, aren’t. The brain sees what it is doing that is not effective or efficient, and because of its design — to function optimally — the brain starts to shift its behavior. It also learns that the best way to function is by relying on the present moment to gather information, rather than using old, out-of-date information.
Does Neurofeedback Work?
Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, leading expert on treating trauma thinks so. In his book The Body Keeps the Score, he discusses the effectiveness of neurofeedback training. He has also written many articles on his research. Read his latest article in The New York Times, How to Rewire Your Traumatized Brain
Because of what we witness at our neurofeedback clinics and through our neurofeedback home rental program we are very passionate about neurofeedback supporting mental wellness and wellbeing We have many success stories (some life changing stories) of people seeing positive results after consistent training, such as more calm, and relaxed, able to cope with stress better and feeling more alert and awake. Here are a few reviews from our NY clients: "Whenever I am starting to lose my way or have feelings of worry, nervousness, or unease, if I have another session or two of neurofeedback and it helps me get back on track. It makes no sense to me but I do experience results.”
This is from one of our rental clients who came in for sessions first and then decided to rent: "I have to admit, I was very skeptical. I fully expected this to be New Age bunkum. Boy was I wrong! I tried the introductory session and the next few days seemed somewhat less stressful than usual. I could chalk that up to there just being less sources of stress, but then again, it could be the neurofeedback training. I decided to rent a neurofeedback machine to take home and see if the results replicated over time. This is by far the best investment in self improvement I have ever made! I don't lose my temper at the drop of a pin anymore. I still get annoyed or upset, but I haven't yelled, felt overwhelmed, or flooded since I rented the system. I chose to do a month and added on two extra weeks. I returned the system a month ago and all the benefits remain. I'm still not flooded by anger. My teenager can't push my buttons anymore. I don't get overwhelmed by traffic. I'm still impatient, so I think I'll do some booster sessions, but the change in my demeanor is so noticeable, it's just crazy. If you've researched this technique enough to have suffered through this review, there should be no reason try. I'd give 10 stars of I could."
What are the Best Neurofeedback Training Options?
We offer neurofeedback home unit rentals which can either be picked up at our clinics or shipped directly to your home. We ship throughout US and Canada. Renting your own system is the most affordable, convenient and cost-effective option. The training is exactly the same training as in our clinics or any health care practitioner who provides NeurOptimal neurofeedback training.
Sessions are also available at our locations (NYC, Pasadena and in Boulder, Colorado).
If interested in buying a neurofeedback machine price range from 7K and up, learn more about our costs here. A lot of our clients rent first and then decide to buy. If so we give our rental clients $100 off if buying through us. Learn more about buying a system here.
Not sure what Neurofeedback Can do for you? Consult With A Neurofeedback Trainer!
We have provided neurofeedback sessions and home rentals since 2011. If new to neurofeedback and want to learn more about cost and training options, our expert trainers are here to help!